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‘Some of you just aren’t good enough’: Blackwell plans Shakers changes after Bury fall to defeat at Crawley

By Suraj Radia

Kevin Blackwell admitted that some of his players aren’t good enough for his club but praised their tenacity following Bury’s last-minute defeat at Crawley.

Blackwell’s side looked set for a point when Tom Hopper and Andy Bishop scored to level the game following Nicky Adams and Hope Akpan’s strikes for the hosts.

But, for the second week running, Bury were undone by a freak goal with Adams getting his second against his former club in the 90th minute after his attempted cross flew in.

Blackwell was less inclined to attack his players following his outburst last week but conceded that some of his players aren’t of the quality he expects.

He said: “Sometimes the task is above them, I’m looking at certain players who are here who couldn’t get in to teams below and somehow they’ve ended up at this football club and you’ve got to say well, if you can’t get into teams in the league below, how can that be good enough for Bury Football Club?

“We should be looking for League One players, we shouldn’t be looking for cast-offs from League Two and that’s partly what we’ve done.”

Blackwell added: “They’ve got to care if you want to be a Bury player, if you want to play for me, you’ve got to care because I don’t like losing.”

Despite the loss, Blackwell felt that his side showed good spirit to come back from two goals down but said they’ve been missing a bit of luck recently.

He said: “It’s no good feeling sorry for ourselves but we are getting mugged at the moment, the first goal against Swindon was a replica, he went for a cross and it’s gone in and that was the only spell they had in the second half.

“I said to them if you play like that second half, you’ll win more games than you lose. They’ve got to believe more in themselves.”

With Tuesday’s visit of Carlisle looming, the Shakers boss summed up his season: “If you’re down at the bottom, if it can go wrong, it will go wrong.”

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